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Every process in this course helps me in my marriage, my life, and my work.
- Daniel Scrafford

2021 PACT Global Level 1 Online Training

Join a growing global community of couple therapists who have experienced the power of PACT.

In PACT Level 1 Online Training, you will learn the fundamentals of the PACT methodology and how to lead even your most challenging couples toward secure-functioning relationships.

Based on a unique integration of the latest research in neuroscience, attachment theory, and the biology of human arousal, you’ll discover PACT’s dynamic, practical, and effective mind-body approach to couple therapy.

Plus, you will enjoy working with your couples more, because you’ll know the methodology is solidly grounded in science and research. And, you’ll gain the confidence to work more deeply and get creative in the therapy room.

Here’s the value you receive with PACT Level 1 Online Training:

  • Four 2-day, live online training sessions (40 hours of live training), taught by PACT founder Dr. Stan Tatkin and PACT faculty Dr. Hans Stahlschmidt
  • 14 hours of online video material to watch on your own so you can hit the ground running in the live sessions. Then, watch (and re-watch) at your own pace when you want to review the content again.
  • Assessment strategies to quickly determine partners’ attachment styles
  • Interventions that really work – learn when and how to use them
  • Clinical video presentations and case enactments designed to help you see PACT in action
  • Experiential exercises and small group discussion and practice to help you integrate PACT techniques into your clinical practice
  • Case consultation and opportunities to ask questions and get answers to real-life issues
  • Digital copies of PACT training manuals
  • One year of access to the PACT Institute’s video library, including recordings from the live training and 34 PACT training videos that demonstrate new techniques and skills
  • Membership in an online discussion group, giving you the opportunity to connect with colleagues from around the world
  • 54 CE hours

Detailed training objectives

2021 Level 1 Registration is closed.

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There’s no better time than now to register, as we have expanded the training and improved on all that we’ve learned from offering PACT training online in 2020.

To begin, no more screen fatigue! We adapted the Level 1 training to reduce screen time to no more than 5 hours a day for two days in a row. This will help you remain alert and focused, so you can engage with the material and remember what you learn. 

What’s more, you can now find a time that’s convenient for you to attend, no matter where you are in the world.

2021 PACT Global Level 1 Days/Times

Plan ahead for 2021. Join PACT Level 1 Online Training in one of two different cohorts.

Cohort 1 - SOLD OUT

Ideal for students in the US, Europe, and Turkey

January 30 – 31 | February 13 – 14 | March 6 – 7 | April 10 - 11 

All times are 7am - 12pm (Pacific)

 Convert to your time zone here

Cohort 2 - SOLD OUT

Ideal for students in the US and Australia.

February 20 – 21 | March 20 – 21 | May 1 – 2 | June 12 – 13

All times are 3pm - 8pm (Pacific)

 Convert to your time zone here

The PACT Institute offers a 20% discount for those who repeat Level 1. Please email us at [email protected] for details.

Train with your colleagues! We are offering a 15% discount for groups of 5 or more. Email [email protected] for details

Level 1 Prerequisites

The training is intended for licensed and pre-licensed marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists.  

To qualify for attendance in the PACT training, a pre-licensed clinician must (a) be in the final year of graduate school, (b) actively see clients as a supervisee and/or intern, and (c) have a supervisor’s approval to attend the training.

Level 1 training is offered in English only. 

When you successfully complete Level 1 training, you can identify yourself as a PACT Level 1 clinician/therapist, indicating a strong foundation in PACT skills and principles.

"This remains the most impactful training I’ve had in my career. I had worried that the course would not translate well to online learning but it was exceptionally effective."

PACT Level 1 Online student in Los Angeles, CA

"I don’t think the [online] format handicapped us at all. The training weekend was much less expensive than traveling… and much less disruptive for both work and family time. I’d gladly sign onto this format again without any worry of loss of educational content or collegial experience. Many thanks to all! "

PACT Level 1 Online student in Boulder, CO

"This was such a powerful and useful training. I honestly feel like I am a better therapist because of it; with couples, sure, but also with individuals. "

PACT Level 1 Online student in Los Angeles, Ca

"Simply wonderful. Although we were in Zoom meetings, I experienced no sense of disconnection from Stan, Tracey or the other participants. The breakouts were fertile and novel learning experiences also. I was thoroughly impressed with the use of the technology, its efficiency and effectiveness."

PACT Level 1 Online student in Boulder, Co

Supplemental In-Person Workshops for PACT Students

While we continue to receive stellar reviews for our high-quality, effective online training, we’d still love to see you in person!

As soon as it is safe to do so, we will offer supplemental in-person workshops so you can further practice PACT skills and interventions with Dr. Stan Tatkin and PACT faculty. These events will be separate events from Level 1 and Level 2 trainings. These events will be open only to students who have completed at least PACT Level 1. In-person experiential workshops will be scheduled when Covid is controlled. We want everyone to be safe before traveling and gathering in person for PACT trainings.

Want to learn more? Check out our free Intro to PACT webinar. 

In this free 90-minute webinar, you’ll learn:

  • The three domains that inform PACT – arousal regulation, attachment theory, and developmental neuroscience – and how they all intersect.
  • Why and how the PACT therapist takes a stand for secure-functioning relationships and what we mean by secure functioning.
  • A useful model of attachment types – islands, anchors, and waves – and how these types relate to each other.
  • Tools for assessment in your first session with couples.

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CE Information

Level 1 training is sponsored by the PACT Institute (ACEP #6641, PCE #5551, and SW CPE #0104) for 54 continuing education hours.  

You must complete an application for CE hours within 10 days of completing Level 1 to receive a CE certificate. No partial CE hours will be awarded, and additional CE hours are not available for online webinars, quizzes, and discussion groups.  

Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, Licensed Educational Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Certified Counselors: The PACT Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6641. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The PACT Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

New York Social Workers: PACT Institute SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0104.

New York Social Workers & Mental Health Practitioners: PACT Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0114.

Psychologists: The PACT Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.The PACT Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

After completing Level 1 Online Training, you will be able to:

  • Distinguish between the three PACT domains
  • Identify the parts of the brain central to social-emotional functioning
  • Identify visual and auditory recognitions for hypo arousal and hyper arousal
  • Explain the principles and demonstrate the skills of arousal regulation assessment
  • Describe the significance of attachment to couple therapy
  • Explain the principles and demonstrate the skills of attachment assessment
  • Describe the secure/insecure continuum
  • Distinguish between top-down and bottom-up interventions
  • Identify and distinguish the three different attachment styles
  • Explain the principles and demonstrate the skills for attachment intervention, arousal regulation intervention, and the basic PACT interviewing process
  • Describe the elements of therapeutic frame
  • Explain the principles of therapist self-regulation
  • Describe characteristics of disorganized attachment
  • Explain the principles and demonstrate the skills for management of thirds, collaborative narratives, corralling questions, and bending metal
  • Describe the development of the social brain
  • Describe the neuroendocrine system
  • Explain the principles and demonstrate the skills for intervention with secure partners, intervention with avoidant partners, interventions for angry resistant partners, and for working with disorganized partners
  • Define therapeutic alliance
  • Plot arousal bias and attachment type
  • Explain the principles and demonstrate the skills for high-arousal couples, for low-arousal couples, for high-low arousal couples, and for dysregulated couples
  • Integrate the domains of arousal regulation and attachment

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